The 35 Manliest Mustaches of All Time

by Brett & Kate McKay on November 1, 2009 · 202 comments

in Dress & Grooming, Hair

To kick off Movember, the month-long mustache growing contest for charity, we’ve put together this list of the manliest mustaches in history. Enjoy!

Tom Selleck


When pre-pubescent mustaches grow up, they want to be Tom Selleck’s mustache. It’s a modern mustache masterpiece. Magnum P.I. wouldn’t have been the same with some dude with a naked upper lip.

Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite’s mustache was the most trustworthy mustache in all of news history. And that’s the way it is…

Eddie Murphy


During the 1980s and early 90s, no mustache was funnier than Eddie Murphy’s. We won’t hold Eddie Murphy’s mustache responsible for Daddy Day Care or Norbit.

Alex Trebek

alex trebek

I’ll take game show host who lost major manliness points when he shaved his mustache for $800, Alex.

Daniel Plainview


Daniel Plainview’s mustache will drink your milkshake. And then bludgeon you to death with a bowling pin.

Hussein bin Talal


The King of Jordan’s mustache had an uber-manly lineage; it can be be traced all the way back to the Prophet Muhammad. Today, his son Abdullah II carries on his father’s peaceful policies and the manly mustache.

Errol Flynn


Australian film star Errol Flynn had a swashbuckling mustache that could make even tights look manly.

Rollie Fingers

Rollie Fingers

Rollie Fingers brought back the waxed handlebar mustaches rocked by the baseball players of yore. Diamondbacks relief pitcher Clay Zavada carries that torch today.

Steve Prefontaine


Scientists have proven that the secret to Steve Prefontaine’s record-setting running times was the aerodynamics of his mustache.

Wyatt Earp


Wyatt Earp is a Western legend. Some sources say he killed up to 30 men during his time as a lawman in the American frontier. He didn’t even have to use bullets; his mustache knocked em’ over cold.

Ron Burgundy


Ron Burgundy is the manliest fictional news anchor to ever live. He loves scotch (scotchy, scotch, scotch), leather-bound books, and the smell of rich mahogany. And of course, he had a kick ass mustache that injected the news with testosterone.

Clark Gable


Clark Gable’s mustache doesn’t give a damn.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Nietzsche’s mustache can provide meaning to the life of even the most strident nihilist. Look at that thing. Awe inspiring.

Genghis Khan

genghis-khanNot only did Genghis Khan grow a manly mustache and rule over the largest empire in history, he also rocked the flavor saver way before it was cool. Wait, was the flavor saver ever cool?

Mark Twain


Mark Twain had some strong words to say about beards: “It performs no useful function; it is a nuisance and a discomfort; all nations hate it; all nations persecute it with the razor.” Guess that’s why he decided to go with an awesome mustache instead.

Martin Luther King Jr.


I have a dream, a dream that all men will grow a mustache as magnificent as MLK’s.

Mark Spitz


Michael Phelps may now have more medals, but Spitz’s mustache could beat Phelp’s any day of the week.

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101 Fred December 26, 2009 at 2:27 am

OMAR SHERIF!!! the one he sported in “Dr.Zhivago” is legendary

102 LeonidasStokely December 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm

If the father of modern cricket W.G. Grace is not on a beardier version of this list I will eat my cap.

103 James January 2, 2010 at 12:28 am

If Fingers is on the list he should be coupled with Catfish Hunter. 72, 73, and 74 World Series dynasty won by Oakland’s ‘stache clad bullpen.

And I vote Cheech Marin. Potheads don’t make the manliest of men, but hilarious none the less.

104 Rick January 4, 2010 at 11:58 pm

You guys are forgetting Keith Hernandez and Clyde Frazier. Also as much as I despise him as a baseball announcer, but back in the day Al Hrabosky had pretty nice stache as well.

105 Dennard January 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm

This is a great list. My dad wore a mustache for more than twenty years, but, sadly, shaved it off when it started turning grey.

106 Janneke January 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Difinitely agree on Tom Selleck :)

107 Will January 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm

What about the great australian cricketers of the late ’80′s and early ’90s? Now there were some incredible national icons of mustaches lore!!! David Boon and Merv Hughes will always be the ‘stached heros of cricket.

108 Jeff January 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Missed out on Arthur Saxon’s moustache.

109 Baboo January 12, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Well, I’d like to make him soup but I guess it’s impossible now…..Baboo!

110 Jon January 15, 2010 at 2:41 am

jamie from mythbusters!

111 Katie January 20, 2010 at 4:28 am

Glad to see Wilford Brimley with the diabeetustache. He was my second thought upon reading the title of this post.

First thought went to Freddy Mercury. I know, I know, his homosexual tendencies and falsetto vocals aren’t necessarily the manliest things out there, but let’s face it: if anybody knew how to rock a mustache and excessive body hair, it was this guy.

112 Michael January 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Kaiser Wilhelm II had a special barber whose sole function was to trim and wax Wilhelm’s moustache daily.,_1905.jpg

113 S-D January 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I would like to point your eyes towards the manliest moustache worn by the manliest Canadian to ever live – Lt. Gen (ret) Romeo Dallaire, former Commander of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Rwanda.

114 EDP January 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Salvador Dali
William Faulkner
Edger Allan Poe
William Shakespeare
Charlie Chaplin

115 Will February 2, 2010 at 1:20 am

Second Salvador Dali and Freddie Mercury. Regardless of what insecure boys say, gay does not mean not manly.

116 KI February 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I agree with some of the ones left off the list, e.g Lech Welesa, Salvador Dali, Charlie Chaplin, Freddy Mercury, Gomez Addams, Walt “Clyde” Frazier and definitely Billy Dee Williams. I agree, however, that it is way too US focused….one of the greatest mustaches of all time belongs to Indian film star RAJNIKANT! Remember, the mustache lives on as a sign of mainstream manliness in India. Police officers are paid a BONUS to grow mustaches in India!

One other mustache that was left off is someone known as the ‘stache….Adam Morrison! He shaves his ‘stache = his career declines precipitously…

And one other one….Tony Stark (pre-Robert Downey goatee style) always sported a debonair stache to attract the ladies and defeat the villains!

117 Tim February 6, 2010 at 1:28 am

Ossian Everett Mills. Ask any Sinfonian.

118 Ryan February 10, 2010 at 11:29 pm

For shame. You forgot Lee Marvin in “Paint your Wagon.”

119 Adam Sell February 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

The description of Chamberlain’s mustache just made my day…

120 Mark February 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Once you had Tom Selleck and Sam Elliot, the mustache list was pretty complete. All others are also-rans.

121 Christofer February 23, 2010 at 12:21 am

Agree with Matt. There are million great suggestions, but my vote goes to Otto Von Bismark’s mustache. You can never wear a pointy metal hat like this and look serious without looking like a real MAN. Just look at his mustache and disagree with that.

122 Jess March 2, 2010 at 3:23 am

Sexuality aside, I’m appalled that Freddie Mercury’s mustache was not included in this list. Despite the fact that Freddie did dudes, his attractiveness to the ladies and the epic status of his ‘stache are undeniable. The album cover of “I Was Born to Love You” contains scientific proof.

123 Derek March 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Oliver Wendell Holmes, former Supreme Court Justache…. any mustache that is wider than your face without using wax is manly by default. Also, he rocked it most of his adult life.

124 David March 22, 2010 at 1:46 pm

You forgot the most famous mustache in history: Adolph Hitler.

125 Will March 27, 2010 at 11:36 am

what about Orville Wright?

126 Damian April 1, 2010 at 11:24 am

It’s been said on here already, but seriously Keith Hernandez had one of the manliest mustaches in baseball history, and smoking while playing baseball just adds to the man-stique.

127 George April 5, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Jamie Hyneman from the Mythbusters

128 Bryan April 11, 2010 at 3:00 am

No John Holmes huh? I think the chicks loved him for his mustache…

129 MAN O STEEL? April 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Stalin why doesn’t the man of steel have recognition for his stash of steel.

130 Caroline April 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Loving the J. L. Chamberlain appreciation! Now there was an heroic ‘tache.

131 MeisterJ May 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm

George E. Ohr, an abstract potter His mustachio was over a foot long. He was known as The Mad Potter of Biloxi and made some pretty trippy pieces.

132 JG July 12, 2010 at 7:56 am

Józef Piłsudski

and he had a sweet hair cut to boot!

133 kyle September 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Can’t believe Freddy mercury isn’t on this list

134 Michael G October 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Jamie Hyneman needs to be on this list.

135 Davud October 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm

3 words:
Lee. Van. Cleef.
Criminally overlooked in the Realm of Immortal Moustaches .

136 Erik S October 13, 2012 at 6:37 am

Ron Swanson!

137 Carnie October 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

John Waters. Most pencil-y of all pencil mustaches in the universe. Ever.

138 Ben October 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm

What about John L. Sullivan and Ambrose Burnside. Drop Will Farrell off the list, he couldn’t be manly if he tried.

139 Dan November 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm

How about Freddie Mercury

140 scott November 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Dale Earnhardt

141 fraser November 12, 2012 at 7:36 am

cheech marin and hulk hogan

142 phill November 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

cheech is a good one, how about Freddie mercury? i think im gonna go with the handlebars fro movember.

143 David November 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm

No Burt Reynolds?


144 jared December 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters!

145 Angelica December 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Salvador D A L I ~ of course!!!

146 Juan Diego d'Anconia January 7, 2013 at 2:25 am

Daniel Plainview is the character who’s veing interpreted… The actor–owner of the mustache–is Daniel Day-Lewis.

147 Ron January 16, 2013 at 5:05 am

Freddie Mercury definitely. Do I have to say anything else?

148 Thunderpeel January 18, 2013 at 5:19 am

This list is more “Iconic” Than “Manly”

149 Frederik January 23, 2013 at 8:11 am

Like many others I feel like Salvador Dali is missing

150 John Doe January 27, 2013 at 10:57 am
151 Kris January 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I’d also like to submit this robot’s ‘stache for review. I think it’s pretty manly :-{D!/TheRobotsLAB/media/slideshow?

152 jon February 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm

What about:
Mike Ditka
Wayne Newton
and, most importantly..

153 Sami February 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

Dieter Meyer: the vocalist of the super-duo Yello, well known for that mindblowing “Oh Yeah”. Dieter’s the gentleman of music industry and a man of both perfect voice and moustache.

154 ctrewski February 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm
It’s all about the stache!

155 Brian of Nazareth February 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Where the hell is Adolf Menjou?? If you’re gonna be the legendary “best dressed man in Hollywood”, it’s pretty much a given that you’re gonna have an equally manly mustache! Oh, and swap out Eddie Murphy for Billy Dee Williams fer cryin’ out loud.

156 Kyle February 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Definitely Kaiser Wilhelm II. He certainly had a mustache becoming of his position in the German Empire.

157 tom broster March 7, 2013 at 1:21 am

I don’t know how it started but I have loved moustaches from way back. A fellow squaddie when I did my military service George ?? always turned me on. I tried to grope him. He just brushed me off in a friendly way.

158 btown March 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Saddam Hussein

159 abe April 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm
160 John Buttram April 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I know this is a really old article, and I didn’t read through the comments but Andy Williams from Every Time I Die often times sports a ridiculous mustache. Sometimes it is accompanied by a beard.

161 Joe-Dog Lapka April 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Jacob Crossley- best anchor mustache ever. end of story.

162 Ms. Pixie April 22, 2013 at 11:38 am

Um, helloooo? GROUCHO MARX. Sure, in the beginning his mustache was grease paint, but he eventually grew out his mustache and it was FABULOUS.

163 Ethan April 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

Ron Swanson and Derek Walcott must be added

164 Fez April 26, 2013 at 9:12 am

Lanny McDonald never came close to 98 goals in a season….

165 Annonymus42 April 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I cant believe u did not add … Kaiser Wilhem II and George V , Tsar Nicholas II

Those in my opinion are awesome moustaches .

166 Srinivas Kari May 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Could you post an update where you give a list of styles that are more in touch with today’s times? Mustaches that would be considered cool according to present trends…

167 Daniel Son of William May 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

I scrolled through the first 2/3 of the list terrified that Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain wouldn’t be on here. Thank God

168 Tigran May 16, 2013 at 10:52 pm
169 Wasim May 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm

How is Freddie Mercury not on there?!

170 Jacob June 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm

What about Marty Robbins?

171 Becky June 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Captain Kangaroo :)

172 daver June 14, 2013 at 7:28 am

How are we forgetting Ron Swanson? Who eats his steak with a side of steak.

173 Ryan July 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

The Intimidator..Dale Earnhardt. Shameful that he isnt on this list of amazing and iconic moustaches

174 Robbie Chanin July 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm
175 Tom August 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm

wild bill hickok

176 Zack August 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

Dennis Eckersley for sure.

177 George August 13, 2013 at 11:42 am


178 Charlie August 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

Eugene Hutz, frontman for the gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello has a magnificent moustache!

179 Tor-Ivar Krogsæter September 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Jamie Hyneman. The real mythbuster is, of course, the walrussy mythstache.

180 John September 3, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Where is Freddie Mercury?????

181 John September 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

Lanny McDonald never scored 98 goals in one season. He did however score 98 points in 83′.

182 Seantrevor scott October 25, 2013 at 7:06 am

I’ve had a moustache for thirty years and it has has added positively, in a macho sexy way to my demeanour and I’ve become more confident, but not arrogant. There are many lovely guys out there and a moustache /beard adds tremendously to their sexual appeal. So, men, keep those moustaches and beards and go into the world oozing with sexy ness and confident awesomeness!!!! Xxxx

183 Helder Dias October 28, 2013 at 4:12 pm

The number 1 moustache of all history of mankind is missing… Vald “Tepes” Draculea

184 Nolan November 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I LOVE Sam Elliot’s!!!! But I think NHL tough guy George Parros should be on this list as well!

185 chainsawninja November 3, 2013 at 1:55 am

Adolf Hitler! Say what you will about the evil former chancellor of Germany, the man made Chaplin’s stache LEGENDARY and, sadly, off limits for the white man

186 mathilda November 20, 2013 at 8:16 am

i thought the same, where’s Freddie Mercury? Hellllooooo

187 Peter November 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Don’t forget Ron Swanson!

188 Brandon Stetzler December 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Seroiusly the sweedish chef and no hulk hogan? His stache is iconic. At one time everyone was a hulkamaniac and his stache is as recognizable as the golden arches of mcdonalds. Add the hulkster please.

189 HHCassius January 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Richard Pryor.

Wallace “Scotty” Scott and Walter Scott, the lead singers of R&B group “The Whispers”

Fred Williamson.

Several black men wear staches, but none as iconic as these.

Honorable mentions: Jim Brown.
Mean Joe Green.

190 Gabriel Maldonado January 12, 2014 at 12:08 am

J.P. Morgan’s monopoly mustache, Thomas Dewey’s mustache that defeated Truman, Hulk Hogan’s World Champion mustache, The Biker, the Construction Worker, and the Cowboy’s mustaches from The Village People, Dustin Hoffman had a boss one in Hook, Mean Gene Okerlund if you remember him, and then there was Custer’s mustache’s last stand and finally, Triple Ace Robin Olds, who is so BA mustache has it’s own sub-section on his Wikipedia article.

191 wally March 1, 2014 at 5:21 pm

H.H. Holmes

192 Steve March 9, 2014 at 4:25 am

Freddie Mercurys mustache had rabies. That’s why it did’nt make the list.

193 Asher March 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Not bad, but I would’ve included Weird Al, Cleveland Brown, Captain Kangaroo, Jesse Ventura and Dennis DeYoung.

194 Heinrich March 14, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Otto Von Bismarck needs to be on the list (he had a battleship named after him!)

195 Heinrich j H March 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Otto Von Bismarck needs to be on this list (there’s a battle ship named after him )

196 paul March 15, 2014 at 12:03 am

Dont forget Yanni. He rocked the stache.

197 rob March 31, 2014 at 5:29 pm

perhaps I’m alone here, but to me the mustache will always evoke images of lord kitchener

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